Videos, Call to Action, Puppets
Climate & Health Monthly Newsletter
Volume 2 | Issue 9
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Monthly Roundup

September 2018 Champions

Meet our Champions of the Month:

Puppets: Flash & Diego
Climate 911

Dr. Wendy Ring’s puppets are teaching people to make positive choices for better health and a healthier planet... 
We interviewed doctors at the most recent National Medical Association Conference and asked "how is climate change harming our health?" and "what can you do now to address climate change?" Here is what they had to say:

NMA doctors speak out about climate change & health

Why The AAP Is Leading On Climate Change & How Pediatricians Can Help

Action Alerts!
Action Opportunity #1: Call to Action

Has your organization endorsed the Call to Action of the Global Climate and Health Forum (San Francisco, Sept 12)? It will be delivered to the United Nations meeting (COP 24) in Poland later this fall. 

Read it here and check back next week for a link for signing on.
Tune in for live streaming of Global Climate and Health Forum today, 8:30 am to 5 pm PT.  Click here to view now!
Action Opportunity #2: Clean Cars

Testify at the EPA “Clean Cars” hearings: EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will hold a Sept. 21 hearing in Pittsburgh and a Sept. 24 hearing in Fresno, CA, on the rollback of the “clean car” standards according to the draft notice. Information is available from the EPA at and the American Lung Association  
If you would like to present oral testimony at a public hearing, please contact Kil-Jae Hong at NHTSA by the date specified under DATES, at Please provide the following information: Name, affiliation, address, email address, telephone, the time you wish to speak (morning, afternoon) if there is a preference.
Action Opportunity #3: The Replacement Power Plan

Health professionals across the country need to take advantage of every opportunity for their voices to heard about how the proposed EPA roll-back of the Clean Power Plan announced on August 21 would harm the health of people in their communities. See the News Round-up below to learn more. 
You can write an op-ed for local newspapers that looks through the eyes of a clinician at what the impact of the proposed rule would mean. See key points and use resources available here.
Don’t miss 3 upcoming webinars this fall planned by emergency medicine physicians, Practice Green Health, and the Consortium. 

In this 3-part webinar series, emergency medicine experts will explore the health impacts of climate change and opportunities to advance solutions that address human health and our health system. 
In case you missed it:

Last month the Consortium hosted a webinar on divestment from fossil fuels for medical professionals.  Archives of the video recording and presentations are available now.
The News
The Solution is Clean Renewable Energy Because it Will Make us Healthier 
University of California Commits to 100 Percent Clean Energy by 2025 (NBC, Bay Area)

The University of California is committing to using only clean and renewable energy at all of its 10 campuses and five medical centers by 2025. READ MORE
Climate Change is Harming Our Health
New Power Plant Plan Would Release Hundreds of Millions of Tons of C02 into the Air (Washington Post)

The proposed plan, which is projected to release at least 12 times the amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere over the next decade, comes as scientists have warned of dire climate effects absent a major cut in carbon emissions. READ MORE
Climate Change is Harming Some More Than Others 
How Can We Address the Effects of Climate Change on Communities of Color? (Miami Herald)

Climate change is a massive, complex, globe-spanning issue that affects every facet of our lives. And like most problems at its scale, it’s bound to affect the poor and people of color most significantly.
Read More
The Harms Will Increase Unless We Take Action 
Health care systems brace for Hurricane Florence (Axios)

Hurricane Florence will likely wreak havoc on the health care systems in North and South Carolina when it makes landfall later this week. 
Cost of New E.P.A. Coal Rules: Up to 1,400 More Deaths a Year (New York Times)

Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency, which crafted the regulation, said that other rules governing pollution could be used to reduce those numbers. READ MORE
As disease-bearing ticks head north, weak government response threatens public health (Center for Public Integrity)

The CDC says rising temperatures are partly to blame for the tripling of mosquito-, tick- and flea-borne illnesses from 2004 to 2016, but Maine's governor, a climate skeptic, is tying health officials' hands. 
Read More
More Events & Webinars
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